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The Killer App?

Many people credit email for bringing the Internet widespread popularity. Yes, the World Wide Web is indispensable for finding information, buying stuff, and so on. But it was email that revolutionized the way we communicate with each other. Email killed the fax machine—or at least critically wounded it. Email killed the paper memo, the party invitation, and my penmanship skills (but at least I can type really fast now). And, of course, it brought us the dreaded spam message, or unsolicited junk email.

Email was the fastest way to send someone a note until text messaging came along.


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